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Pakistan Fielding Coach Fights with Afridi, Akmal

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 18th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

When Pakistani Fielding Coach Grant Luden tried to point out deficiencies in catching technique of Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, and Ahmed Shahzad after Pakistani lost to arch rival India in world cup match, the 3 players refused to listen to him and told him to mind his own business.
Grant actually was minding his own business. [...]



Heera Mandi Politics

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 11th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Heera Mandi no longer exists in true terms in Lahore yet its a popular term in Pakistan when someone wants to spice up the conversation. Just as Heera Mandi residents have moved to posh areas to ’service’ people, the phrase Heera Mandi has reached Pakistani politics too in 2015.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain [...]



Top Sharifs in Sync

By Sameer Shaharyar • Feb 2nd, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Things seem to be hitting off quite well between army chief General Raheel Sharif and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It`s clear that boundaries have been drawn and PM has acquiesced many of his domains to the chief and chief has reigned in over the hawks to keep Imran Khan down.
Following the domains issues which [...]



Petrol Conspiracy

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 21st, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

When all else fails, its a favorite pastime of Pakistanis to throw all the blames to the conspiracy of hidden hands. Pick any crisis of any magnitude and you will hear the cries of ‘Conspiracy’ everywhere. This has become an established norm here in the fatherland.
Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that an [...]



Go Imran Go in Army Public School

By Sameer Shaharyar • Jan 15th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Reham Khan’s first political maneuver and launching failed embarrassingly for her and her 64 year old groom, when they lavishly arrived at army public school to cash in the blood of those innocent victims who lost their lives on December 16 in Peshawar school.
Before the arrival of Imran Khan all the roads leading to Army [...]



Fires in Pakistan

By Sameer Shaharyar • Dec 30th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Massive and frightening blazes which gut down properties and claim lives have become yet another news item in Pakistan. We have so many huge problems that such gory fires only surface when there is no other news, otherwise they just get a passing mention in media.
Thankfully, for the last couple of days there was no [...]



Thanks Kenya for Coming to Pakistan

By Sameer Shaharyar • Dec 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

It’s to the credit of Najam Sethi and then now the chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan to make sure that Kenyan team arrives in Lahore to play Cricket. This is happening after 5 long and painful years that any team (other than Afghanistan) has come over to Pakistan.
Special thanks goes to the Kenyan team for putting [...]



Bhotar of Sindh and Imran Khan

By Sameer Shaharyar • Nov 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Ghulam Hussain Unhar and Qahar walay were the hosts of Imran Khan and his party leaders in Aliabad near Larkana. Rahu fraternity, plus the Ghousia Jamat followers of Shah Mehmood Qureshi came in thousands of numbers from all over the Sindh and Southern Punjab, and that is why no wonder that the gathering was packed.
Sindh [...]



Biometric System for Teachers in Punjab Schools

By Sameer Shaharyar • Nov 13th, 2014 • Category: Features

In a very commendable step, the Punjab government of Pakistan has introduced the biometric attendance system in all the public schools of the Punjab. This biometric system will keep track of when the teachers are coming and when they are going. It will have far reaching positive effects on the education standard in the province.
Ghost [...]



What Qadri Will Do Now

By Sameer Shaharyar • Nov 4th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Qadri has basically left the country in disgust due to the attitude of Imran Khan and PTI. During the last month of their twin sit-ins, Qadri started complaining to their mutual handler that Imran was using Qadri to advance his political ambitions and had started doing the solo flight while enjoying PAT’s numbers in D-chowk.
Tahir [...]